Aguascalientes | Vacations and Travels in Aguascalientes
Aguascalientes is a beautiful colonial city, featuring important automotive, textile, and electronics industries. The city was founded in 1575 by the Spanish Conquistadors, and earned its name, which translates to "hot waters", due to the numerous amount of hot springs in the region. Since then, it has attracted travelers looking to enjoy these relaxing, medicinal waters.
Nowadays, people come on vacation to Aguascalientes to enjoy walking its picturesque streets, admiring historic buildings and monuments, and touring the traditional vineyards. Tourists flock to the city from all corners to see the incredible San Marcos Fair, which is one of the most important cultural events in the country. You can also see the beautiful haciendas that have played major roles in the social and economic development of the region, from the middle of the 17th century until the beginning of the 19th century.
If you're in the city for business you can make the most of the centrally located convention center. You'll love the excellent business hotels in Aguascalientes, which offer modern facilities and event space close to major shopping malls and industrial parks. If you prefer superior service and lavish amenities, then don't forget to check out the luxury hotels in Aguascalientes.
Transportation is quick and easy in the city, as it features three beltways for your convenience. The city of Leon is about 90 minutes away, while Guadalajara and Zacatecas are just four hours away, making Aguascalientes an ideal place to do business in Mexico.
A Brief History
After the fall of Tenochtitlan in 1521, lots of the Spanish conquistadors decided to head north in search of riches. They found deposits of silver in these arid lands and started to mine it, which became the economic driving force for the region. Because of the silver, roads were made that connected this newly conquered territory (New Galicia) to New Spain. In addition to the wealth created, the Spanish also found indigenous people, mostly nomads, who instilled terror into the travelers using the poor quality roads that formed the "Silver Route".
Due to the constant assaults on the roads by the region's indigenous people, the Spanish decided to establish towns along the "Silver Route", which were fortified positions for safe travel. This led to the founding of a town in 1575 that had lots of hot springs, which was subsequently called "Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion de las Aguascalientes".
- A colonial city with more than 400 years of history
- Host of the famous San Marcos National Fair
- Well-established business infrastructure
- Home to major automotive, textile, and electronics companies
- A city divided into neighborhoods full of tradition and culture
- Religious tourism with dozens of churches
- Delicious wines and cuisines
- Important railway culture
Things to do in Aguascalientes
- Experience the San Marcos National Fair in April
- Visit the temples and churches of the historic downtown area
- Go to a bullfight at the Monumental Bullring
- Enjoy the region's hot springs near Alameda
- Go on a tour to the mountains, rivers, and nearby cliffs
- Experience dining in one of the typical "merenderos"
- Taste the delicious typical guava candies
- Take a tour to the vineyards on the outskirts of the city
- Explore the neighborhoods of Aguascalientes with a guided tour
- Visit the Museum of Death during the Festival of Skulls held in early November
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